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Lichfield, Burntwood & Villages Liberal Democrats

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  • Containers at a port
    Article: Aug 11, 2022
    By Hugh Ashton

    Both candidates for the leadership of the Conservative Party have expressed their intention to introduce free ports on a larger scale. The Lichfield Lib Dems have a few questions regarding the candidates' policies (expressed in full below), which have been forwarded in my name to our MP, Michael Fabricant, asking him to obtain answers from the candidates. His attention, as someone who enjoys walking in the countryside, has been drawn to the maps of the proposed free port areas, which include National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

  • Saving-NHS
    Article: Aug 9, 2022


    The first duty of a government is the safety of its people. But few things are more important to safety than health.

    Currently it's dentistry in the news. The BBC found that nine in 10 NHS dental practices across the UK are not accepting new adult patients for treatment under the health service.

    But surely health care ought to be in the news every day with the challenges it faces. Long waits to be seen in primary care, all ambulance trusts recently on the highest alert level, over 6 million people are waiting for treatment and emergency department 4 hour waits six times higher than the standard.

  • LDC and LCC Councillor Paul Ray
    Article: Jul 19, 2022
    Lib Dem Cllr Paul Ray raised at Lichfield District Council's full council meeting last week an important question about employment in our district. He asked what the council was doing to attract Whitehall jobs to Lichfield as part of the government's Levelling Up policy.
    Cllr Doug Pullen (Conservative Leader of Lichfield District Council) has responded with a press statement.
    https://lichfieldlive.co.uk/2022/07/18/council-chief-says-work-is-taking-place-to-ensure-lichfield-is-in-prime-position-to-secure-relocated-whitehall-jobs/
  • LDC and LCC Councillor Paul Ray
    Article: Jul 7, 2022

    Following the resignation of Prime Minister Johnson today, local Liberal Democrats commented on the national political scene.

    "To be honest, it's a big relief," said Paul Ray, Lichfield District and City Councillor. "We seem to have spent the past three years or so listening to ever more improbable promises which we knew were never to be fulfilled. In addition, the constant U-turns and reversals have exposed the lack of honesty from the government, and it's been going on for far too long."

  • Refugee Week
    Article: Jun 16, 2022
    By Hugh Ashton

    It seems that 35% of Britons in a recent survey agree with the government's policy of sending undocumented visitors to this country to Rwanda. 45% disagree with it.

    However, the waters have been muddied by deliberate misinformation and obfuscation by the proposers of this scheme.

    First, the basis on which this has been agreed is by a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). A MoU, unlike a treaty, is not subject to oversight and ratification by Parliament. This MoU is something which very few people seem to have actually read. However, it is available for reading here, and it does make for interesting reading.

  • Hugh Ashton 2019
    Article: May 27, 2022

    We believe Councillor Ashton's letter will be of interest to our readers:

    The First Lord of the Treasury and Prime Minister (A.B.de P. Johnson), 10 Downing Street, London SW1A 2AA

    27 May 2022

    Dear Mr Johnson

    I am writing this to you in the hope that you will actually read it, and reflect on its contents.

  • MF Portugal tweet
    Article: May 10, 2022

    While arguing that black is white - that is to say, potentially being made to wait for hours in passport control is a good thing, our "socially liberal" MP has just done it again.

    He cheers for Brexit, the Brexit which according to the Office for Budget Responsibility is responsible for a 4% drop in GDP (the COVID pandemic by comparison is responsible for only 2% according to the same source), which has resulted in shortages of goods and materials, labour shortages, and financial pain to many SMEs.

  • ed davey
    Article: May 9, 2022

    It's been a great result last week for the Lib Dems in England. Nearly two hundred NEW councillors elected. Three NEW councils under the Liberal Democrats' control, bringing the total to sixteen.

    Sad that we had no candidate in Tamworth to demonstrate what the swing there to Lib Dems might have been, and of course there were no elections this year in Lichfield or East Staffordshire (wait for next year, though!).

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